Dr Victor Fisher

Associate Professor


Contact Information

CLA, Room 3332


Ph.D., Anthropology,
Union Institute & University, 2002
B.A., Philosophy,
Bucknell University, 1957

Areas of Expertise

Paleoanthropology and Archaeology
North American Indians
North American Archaeology
Eskimo Ethnography
Native American Archaeoastronomy
Environmental Archaeology


When archaeologist Vic Fisher first joined Towson's faculty he taught both sociology and anthropology and was the only person here teaching either. A decade after his arrival he collaborated with geographers, biologists, and geologists to launch Towson's first major interdisciplinary field program. That annual effort, conducted in central and southern Arizona, typically involved a group of 5 faculty members and 65 students. Over the years he has taught 23 courses; 16 of these he created and introduced to Towson's curriculum.

Dr. Fisher's professional fieldwork has included Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon excavations (with UCLA and the University of Bordeaux) at Solvieux in southwestern France, an interdisciplinary investigation of the Nazca lines in Peru, documentation of Inuit (Eskimo) occupation sites on the western shore of Hudson Bay in Canada, and many years of involvement with Ancestral Pueblo archaeology in the American Southwest. Designated a "plant ecologist" by the Museum of Northern Arizona in the 1970s, he devoted several seasons to experimental replication of pre-Columbian horticulture at selected sites on the Colorado Plateau. A recipient of NSF and NEH fellowships, Dr. Fisher continues to be engaged in scholarship concerning native cultures of North America. He routinely delivers papers at the annual meetings of the Society for American Archaeology and recently served as a member of the SAA's Lifetime Achievement Award Committee. He is a long-time member of the American Anthropological Association and is an Emeritus Member of the Society for Applied Anthropology. He also maintains strong ties with the Churchill (Manitoba) Northern Studies Centre.

In 2014 Fisher was appointed to the Board of Directors (and to the board's Executive Committee) of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA). He continues to serve as this organization's Treasurer. He has served the Baltimore Museum of Art for several terms as a member of the Board of Trustees' Accessions Committee for the Arts of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific Islands. In addition to the usual committee work across our campus, Fisher has served as a member of the University Senate and has been Grand Marshal for dozens of ceremonies - primarily commencement exercises.

Victor B. Fisher's most recent publication is "Presentation of Archaeoastronomy in Introductions to Archaeology," in Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy, C.L.N. Ruggles, ed., Springer: New York, 2015. His newest course is "Environmental Archaeology."